UDC director Derek Alleyne said the major effort was to have ten staff use kayaks to traverse the Careenage.
"It is something that we feel very passionate about because our windows look out into the Careenage, and we see some examples of people not understanding the importance of proper waste disposal.
"We hope that when we go in and people see us doing it, they will stop when they raise their hands to throw away their garbage and find a bin," Alleyne said.
My job safe, says Alleyne
My job safe, says Alleyne
Derek Alleyne (FP)
Alleyne ended speculation that his contract was being terminated by disclosing to the DAILY?NATION that he would manage the commission's affairs for the next two years.
"I am not under any threat.
I am very much the director of UDC,?and my understanding is that it will be for another two years," he said.Alleyne made it clear he and Prime Minister Stuart had common goals for the UDC, which was established in 1997 to provide assistance to impoverished Barbadians.
Alleyne added that he had received a vote of confidence from the board of the UDC.
"I have had meetings with my board and my Prime Minister, and they have assured me that all is well.
I can't go by people's impression.
I am comfortable."
Alleyne acknowledged that he has had it tough as UDC boss, having to deal with the demands, "unreasonable in some cases", by Members of Parliament (MP) to have work done.
Alleyne, a former deputy general secretary of the NUPW, admitted relations were strained between him and the union.
Published on: 8/1/2009.
FORMER DEPUTY general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Senator Derek Alleyne, is the interim director at the Urban Development Commission (UDC).His appointment takes effect from today and will run for two years.
Minister with responsibility for Urban Development, Christopher Sinckler, made the announcement yesterday and officially welcomed Alleyne to the UDC.
Alleyne said his first task was to get to know his staff.
"I am going to be new and therefore I have to be a listener," he said. (CM)
I am sure that Derek will rise to the new challenge.
Congratulations are in order for Mr.Derek Alleyne who is now the Director of the UDC . I am sure that he will do an excellent job because of his past experiences . He can also be assured that there are past and present Board members who will be willing to assist him .
I hope Mr.Alleyne, as the Deputy General Secretary of the NUPW on sabbatical, will do something about the planned retrenchment of a large percentage of the UDC staff, of whom a majority are members of the same NUPW.
Alleyne moves to UDC : 8/1/2009
I have known and loved and respected Derek Alleyne for many years.
I am still trying to find out the rationale behind this move, but I see it as a bad play.
I hope the strong and decent Mr Alleyne I know will not fall victim to stupidness and I hope there will be no fall out between him and party over sinister things.
I feel so uncomfortable about this as though he is a relative.
In a letter to the editor published in the Barbados Advocate of Friday June 6, 2003, Mr. Derek Alleyne, who is a senior officer of the National Union of Public Workers, asked why all of a sudden, Prime Minister Arthur wants to instruct the Governor-General to set up a Commission of Enquiry into the GEMS affair.
GOVERNMENT SENATOR and trade unionist Derek Alleyne is set to take over as director of the Urban Development Commission (UDC).
Alleyne, who is deputy general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), is slated to take up the appointment August 1 for two years in the first instance.He replaces Sarston Lavine whose one-year contract was not renewed last month.
Alleyne has sought leave of absence without pay from the NUPW for two years and is expected to wrap up his union assignments by monthend.He joined the NUPW in 1999 as education officer to spearhead the Public Workers' Academy's efforts in the training and development of shop stewards and the wider membership in general.He holds a Master's degree in labour and employment law from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.Alleyne also holds diplomas in youth and development studies, and hotel mid-management, as well as certificates in youth development, labour administration, project development and administration.
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